99.9

I’ve been meaning to watch Agusti Villaronga’s In A Glass Cage for a while now but it’s difficult to know just when I’d watch it. I mean, just what kind of mood do you have to be in to watch a film about a Nazi paedophile doctor being kept alive in an iron lung and tended to by a young male nurse who saw the doctor kill his last victim? It’s hardly a Friday night shoe-in.

On the other hand, his later film 99.9 is about a village in rural Spain with a deadly secret is pretty much an “if there’s a ‘y’ in the day” type. From the box –

[The] story of Lara, host of a radio call-in show dealing in psychic phenomena. After discovering that her estranged lover has been found dead in a small Spanish village, Lara learns that he was conducting secret experiments… This leads her to an old, abandoned house there the experiments had taken place— and there she find a world of secrets and horror.

So yeah, there’s fuck all original in this film whatsoever but as a horror fan I’m pretty used to that and don’t see that as necessarily being a bad thing. There are good performances in here to help lift it above the general crap but not enough to make it stand out. It really does feel like a pick ‘n’ mix from other places; creepy old woman, strange rural types, abandoned house, obvious red herring, it’s all just a bit straightforward.

What makes it seem more like a template is that it would be incredibly easy to lift this film and set it anywhere else. Well, we’ve already got The Wicker Man if you want to set it in Scotland.

Strangely, there only seems to have been one DVD release of this film in over a decade and not even in its native Spain. Instead, it’s an American release from defunct Ciudad Movies. If you want to pick it up it’ll have to be eBay and there’s plenty of copies available though they do range in price up to a ridiculous £14. Luckily I got mine for £3.99 and at that price it’s fine. I’d have been pissed off if I’d paid more.

If it’s on TV then it’s worth a watch, otherwise, you’re not missing much by not tracking it down.